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  •  Today's project: worm farm! :) (6+ / 0-)

    I always save kitchen scraps to put in the compost pile. The problem is that the pile is way deep in the yard (I have a narrow, very long lot).

    Sometimes the hike to the compost pile is a bit much. Especially when it's rainy or cold. So I finally got motivated to try vermiculture.

    I used to think that you had to get some sort of hard-to-find worms to do this. Wrong! Ordinary bait worms will do just fine, at least according to Deborah Martin.

    I shredded and dampened some newpaper, put it in a big plastic bin, added some topsoil and a pound of organic cornmeal I had let get too old (sad, that).

    The "bait worms" are live Canadian red worms sold at a nearby filling station. Probably should have bought them on Canada Day rather than the fourth of July.  I'll give them a try. Way cheaper than the "special" worms available through mail-order, plus they're here now, ready to munch on my kitchen scraps.

    •  Please keep me updated about this. (4+ / 0-)
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      RunawayRose, denig, trashablanca, Eddie L

      Very interested!

      Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

      by WarrenS on Sun Jul 04, 2010 at 01:19:35 PM PDT

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      •  Just getting started. (3+ / 0-)
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        RunawayRose, trashablanca, WarrenS

        I'm pretty determined to put zero organic matter into the land fills. Everything compost-able goes into the pile. Even coffee grounds from work.

        I'm hoping that the worm farm will produce better compost during the winter months. The pile deep in the back yard doesn't get the attention it needs to really produce quality compost. My hope is that the little bin will produce some quality castings to feed my vegetables and flowers.
        Snapshots here.

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